Girls Soccer Kicks it into Action With a New Coach

Mackenzie Womack, Reporter

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Girls soccer starts the season with a 6-2 record, but most importantly, a new head coach.

Coach Phomma Phanhthy came from Fairfield High School and led the girls soccer team to their first state title in the 2016 season. 

Previous head coach Pat Brubaker stepped down, which allowed Phanhthy to step in this season.

Senior Emma Robert dribbles the ball up the field.
Photograph courtesy of @RedMetzPhoto via Twitter

Brubaker had recruited Phanhthy in hopes he would come help the Warriors. 

Phanhthy made a good first impression based on the crowd, at the 2019 Fall Meet the Team Night as he took a selfie with his new team. 

Sophomore Shelby Derkosh returns to the varsity team and is excited for what Coach Phanhthy has for the future. 

Coach P has made a huge difference in our team this season,” said Derkosh. “Last year we tended to kick the ball up the field and run after it, but this year, we’ve possessed the ball more and have become a much better team.”

With half of the season already gone, the team has made changes for the second half of the season to go.

Junior Audra Chilcoat-Goble kicks the ball up the field during this possession.
Photograph courtesy of @RedMetzPhoto via Twitter

Senior captains are taking charge and leading the team on and off the field, including Ashlynn Weger. 

“This year we have better team chemistry and are more united like a family,” said Weger. “I [have] help[ed] lead the girls to better team chemistry and working well together on and off the field.”

Weger is making an impact on the team this season, leading them to six victories and two losses. 

Not only is Weger a big aspect of the team, so is Coach Phanhthy and his coaching style.

“ I am just trying to take one game at a time. I think these young ladies can go really far, as far as deep in the post-season if they want to, it is really up to them,” said Phanhthy. “I am giving them what I [have], and they are going to learn from it and take it and see what happens.”

If the girls continue to use their previous knowledge and Coach P’s experience, they will be a successful team.

Senior Lilly Denis kicks the ball with a Central York defender following.
Photograph courtesy of @RedMetzPhoto via Twitter

With six more games to go, the Warriors are trying to hold a secure spot in the Division II bracket, as they are currently ranked number one. 

The next game is Tuesday, September 24 at Kennard-Dale High School beginning at 4 p.m.

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